Performing Arts Careers

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Do you love being on stage? Is making it in music, dance, or acting your dream? If you’ve performed for an audience, you know that it can be magical, nerve-wracking, and exciting — sometimes all at the same time! Find out what it’s like to have a career in the performing arts, from the role models in this video who work as dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and more.

It can be a powerful experience to perform for an audience. And when you hear applause at the end of a performance, that means you did your best and the audience appreciated it. Whether you're a dancer, a musician, or an actor (or aspiring to be one!), you know you're doing something right when you have someone's attention. This video takes a closer look at some of the best things about performing for others.

Use the Resources here to learn more about what it's like on both sides of a performance — for the artist and the audience.

Fun Page Activity: What if you won the lottery? What if you woke up as a dog? Give the performing arts a try with this fun acting activity that you can do with friends.

Independent Learning Guide: Watch the "Performing Arts Careers" video, then use this guide to learn what a career in the performing arts might be like for you and your audience. This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion that connects the role models' experiences to students' own, both on the stage and in the audience.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth "before, during, and after" learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.